Karori Arts & Crafts (KACC) welcomes new members. We foster artistic expression across a diverse range of arts and crafts that feature in this website. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in arts and crafts or any of our special interest groups. You do not have to be a Karori resident to join KACC, we have members from all over Wellington and the greater region.

If you enjoy working in a fun, social environment that encourages creativity in:
  • art: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography,mixed media experimentation, paper crafts and collage 
  • craft: quilting/patchwork, embroidery, knitting, crochet, book binding/making, or textile art  - think about joining us.
Happy New Year
The annual craft fair was well attended and sales were high when compared with recent years.  A few members sold virtually all their stock and four quilts also sold. A steady trade in gifts, plants, jams and cards kept the minders on their toes.  The raffle basket this year featured hand crafted items made by members with a few edible goodies thrown in.  It was won by a non-member who was delighted to receive it.  For the first time an opening night for the craft fair was run so that members could do some Christmas shopping while supping on mulled wine and homemade gingerbread.  An unexpected bonus was the opportunity for people to give feedback to the crafters and ask questions about the goods for sale.  Look for photos appear in the gallery section of the website.

The Christmas Party for members was a success with over 70 people from a wide range of groups attending.  The Committee provided a splendid morning tea washed down with delicious Cafe L'Affare coffee.  Then just to be certain the sweet tooth was also catered for an enormous mound of homemade meringues and fruit mince pies did the rounds.  The 12 Days of Christmas display was popular as it illustrated the creative talents of the majority of arts and crafts groups which form KACC.  The members' newsletter will feature photos from the lunch as well as the 12 Days Display.

Join us at the Odlin Gallery, 9-11 Myrtle St, Lower Hutt, from 10.30 am to 4 pm daily between Mon 20th Jan and Sun 2nd Feb. This exhibition of art, photography, printmaking and textile art illustrates the wide range of work produced by our talented artists. Admission is free and most work is for sale.

Breaking News 

We are thrilled by news that Janet Forbes and June Nixey will each be awarded a Queens Service Medal for their work at Arohata Women's Prison. 

For over 20 years Janet and June have taught patchwork and quilting every Saturday morning at the prison.  Janet quilts here on a Wednesday with the KACC craft group and recently ran our first Introduction to Patchwork and Quilting course. 

Janet recently observed to a journalist "we love making quilts.....we're not do-gooders. Rehabilitation is a spin-off". 

Congratulations Janet and June.

The Newman Centre re-opens on Tuesday 22nd January 2014 at 8.30 am.  Most groups will start meeting again from that date, although classes do not begin until the week of Monday 10th Feb 2014.

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